Our original four boys came from Ardo Alpacas in Aberdeenshire. We are not alpaca breeders and have our boys purely as pets. Our experience is that you don't need to be a breeder and that a 'batchelor herd' can give much pleasure to the owner. We have 5 acres including our big garden and grazing for the boys, 15 miles north of Inverness, Scotland. I spin, knit, felt and crochet with the fleece from the boys.


Just a reminder that clicking on (most) of the photos will show them greatly enlarged.

Sunday, 1 December 2019

Pedicure time again.

At the beginning of the week we decided it was time to trim Fergus's nails and the best way we find to get him to stand still is to hold him gently in a 'necklace' hold.  We would normally have done them a couple of weeks ago but wanted to give his injured front left leg as much time as possible to heal.  The nails were last trimmed when James Dixon the shearer did them in July.  Fergus is not over-enthusiastic about having his nails clipped but in the event he behaved himself and the procedure was carried out without problems.   We took the opportunity also of bathing Faro and Fyta's eyes to remove 'debris' which had been building up on their eyelids.
The boys after being released from the catch-pen - led by Faro, followed by Fyta and Fergus at the rear.  Faro and Fyta have their nails trimmed annually by the shearer but white alpacas like Fergus appear to need more regular attention to their fast growing nails.
As 'Mum' makes her way to the hayshed after the nail clipping, the boys follow in the expectation that they may get some haylage - they weren't wrong!
Later in the week, the Grumpy Gardener decided to change the boys' field shelter and this is Fyta checking out some hay.
When the new shelter is opened up there is the usual riot with the three boys all wanting to roll about on the ground with dust flying everywhere.  Happy days!
And finally...........Faro in the rough paddock, just checking out the photographer - as he does regularly!

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